Saturday Sport: National Leagues wrap up, Ireland suffer heavy French defeat

Saturday Sport: National Leagues Wrap Up, Ireland Suffer Heavy French Defeat Saturday Sport: National Leagues Wrap Up, Ireland Suffer Heavy French Defeat
Munster were bested by Leinster at Thomond Park. Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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Updated: 9.15pm


Waterford put in a blistering performance to see off Cork in the Division 1 Allianz National Hurling League final at Semple Stadium.

Having led 2-10 to 0-10 at half-time, Waterford showed no signs of slowing down after the break, with goals from Stephen Bennett and Dessie Hutchinson putting the game beyond Cork's reach.

Earlier, in the first of the Thurles double-header, Westmeath eased to victory in the Division 2A final over Down, with the game ending 5-19 to 1-17.

Tyrone claimed the Division 3A title, beating Armagh 2-21 to 2-19, while Derry took the Division 2B crown, beating Sligo 1-23 to 2-15.


In the Division 3B final, Fermanagh bested Longford 2-18 to 1-17.

Today's football finals saw Cavan beat Tipperary 2-10 to 0-15 at Croke Park to take the Division 4 title, while Mickey Harte’s Louth made a strong comeback in the second half to deny Limerick, ending 1-14 to 0-12 in Croke Park.


Ireland suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of France in the second round of the TikTok Six Nations.

Having led 26-0 at half-time, France pushed on to see out the game 40-5, Ireland's only try of the evening coming from Eve Higgins in the 55th minute.

The second game of the day has just got underway, with Wales hosting Scotland. The final game of the weekend will see Italy host England at 3pm on Sunday.


The home crowd wasn't enough to inspire victory for Munster after they were beaten 19-34 by Leinster at Thomond Park. meet in the United Rugby Championship at Thomond Park this evening.

James Lowe took two tries for the visitors, while Garry Ringrose and Jimmy O'Brien added to Munster's misery.

Earlier, Connacht saw off Benetton 17-21 in Treviso, while Ulster lost 34-16 away to the Vodacom Bulls.


Manchester City have gone back to the top of the Premier League table after they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.

Liverpool had briefly taken the topspot after their 2-0 win over Watford earlier.

Elsewhere, Wolves are 2-1 up against Aston Villa, it's 1-1 between Leeds and Southampton, Chelsea trail Brentford 3-1 and its scoreless between Brighton and Norwich.

In the last fixture of the day, Manchester United played out a a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford with Leicester City.


Leona Maguire goes out for her third round of the Chevron Championship at around 8.20pm.

The Cavan native will tee-off from 3-under-par in the first Major of the year, tied for 20th and six shots off the lead.

Stephanie Meadow is 1 under after eight holes in her third round, tied for 61st and level par for the tournament.

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